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Behavioral Sciences Courses
ANTH 101 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topics of cultural anthropology, including the concept of culture, cultural development, sex and marriage patterns, family and kinship patterns, social control, religion-magic-arts, and physical anthropology including human evolution and race.
SW 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will develop a basic understanding of the principles and practice of social work through a historical perspective and through examining the sociological, political, economic, and psychological processes involved.
SW 150 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: SW 101
Co-requisites: none
The course will expose the student to the field of social work from a practical perspective. The student will have an opportunity to work with professional social workers and begin to apply some of the introductory principles learned in the theoretical courses.
SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topic of sociology, including social mobility, role status, race and prejudice, and factors leading to social change. Offered in English and Spanish.
SOC 105 SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: Any social science introductory course (except PSY 101)
Co-requisites: none
The student will analyze American society and the dynamics of its major social problems, including the functional and dysfunctional effects of these problems upon society. The student will also show understanding of the major social problems affecting large cities and metropolitan areas. Offered in English and Spanish.
SOC 140 RACE AND ETHNICITY 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will be exposed to an in-depth analysis of the diverse ethnic and racial structure of the urban community. The student will explore the different aspects of multi-pluralism, but also searching for common experiences, theories of assimilation, amalgamation, and prejudice and discrimination will be discussed.
SOC 1242 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will show an understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system, including the courts, correctional facilities, and rehabilitation. Demonstration of analytic ability and participation in field observation will be required. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate familiarity with the areas of psychology, including methods, learning and memory, sensation, perception, physiological processes, emotions, drives, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, individual differences, social behavior, and growth and development. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 120 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I (CHILDHOOD) 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of personality development from infancy to adolescence with an emphasis on the genetic determinants of behavior as well as on social learning. The student will demonstrate knowledge of prenatal development, cognitive development, language development, socialization, identification, deprivation studies, development of aggression, dependency, fears and anxiety, sex typing, and other topics. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 110 LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOR 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor Corequisite: Eng 110
Co-requisites: none
The student will learn the major psychological perspectives of human development from prenatal development and birth, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood to middle and late adulthood. Students will also become well acquainted with the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, environmental, genetic, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of development across the life-span.
PSY 121 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II (ADOLESCENCE AND ADULTHOOD) 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
This course examines the behavior of the adolescent and adult through the perspective of development over the life-span. The student will demonstrate mastery of topics, theories, and research findings on adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
PSY 140 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or ANTH 101 or by permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
An examination of the biological, social, and cultural factors in the psychological development and functioning of women. Special focus on women's changing roles and the influences that affect them in everyday life.
PSY 142 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the description and delineation of the various patterns which prevent the individual from functioning constructively in our society.
PSY 144 PERSONALITY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will show an understanding of the structure of personality, origins of personality characteristics, defense mechanisms, the individual and the self, frustration and conflict, and the personality theories of Freud, Jung, and others. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 146 SMALL GROUP DYNAMICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
Students will review relevant theories and be exposed to practical demonstrations of group dynamics and small group interactions in order to understand the small group as a social system. It will emphasize such concepts as group cohesiveness, conformity, norms and standards, power and influence processes, communication, leadership and properties of group.
PSY 115 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
Students will display knowledge of applications of psychology to education, including individual and cultural variations, principles of learning, motivation, teaching, and evaluation.
PSY 180 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent
Co-requisites: none
Students will learn about healthy aging and the nature and causes of psychological problems in the elderly. They will also learn principles of evaluation, treatment, and prevention of these problems.
PSY 182 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the development, maintenance, and change of regularities in behavior and interaction as affected by norms and norm formation, social roles, and interpersonal attraction. The student will also describe or identify the various processes that shape and influence a person's perceptual, cognitive, and affective responses toward aspects of his/her environment, attitude organization and change, personal and social perception, aggression, conflict, and intergroup conflict. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 190 INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent, any business course, or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will show mastery of important concepts of industrial psychology, including personnel selection and evaluation, learning and training, motivation, morale as related to job performance, employee-management relations, working conditions, safety, and consumer psychology.